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Surprisingly, Byron Mullens opts out of Sixers deal
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In a surprising move, Byron Mullens opted out of his contract with the Sixers to become a free agent.

General manager Sam Hinkie announced the move Friday.

The 25-year-old, 7-footer held a player option for nearly $1.1 million for the 2014-15 season. It was assumed that Mullens would take the guaranteed money and playing time with a rebuilding Sixers squad, but he has other plans.

"I think he's going to do something else," Hinkie said.

Jason Richardson did exercise his player option and will be back with the Sixers at a salary of $6.6 million. It is the final year of Richardson's contract.

Sixers get their pick back
Hinkie clarified Friday that the future first-round pick the Sixers acquired from the Magic in the Dario Saric trade was a 2017 first-rounder.

It is a pick that originally belonged to the Sixers, but was dealt away in August 2012 in the four-team trade that brought Andrew Bynum to Philadelphia and sent Dwight Howard to the Lakers.

It's good news for the Sixers in the sense that they'll control where that 2017 first-rounder will end up.